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RUST magazine: RUST#35

TIGER FEET – RUST spends three days traipsing through mud and gloop in Wales to establish the dirt credentials of Triumph’s new 2018 Tigers SUSPENSION SMARTS – Top US suspension tuner Alan Stillwell starts his regular rider-help column (with tyres?!) SET SAIL – when the road ends, it’s that or fly. July Behl floats his away across the Darien Gap A FOOT SOLDIER’S TALE – Rick Kemp investigates the life of the TRF regulars… plus, of course, lots more We’ll blame the weather. Oh yes, it’s lovely right now, but when we had those bikes in the van, when we were sat at the airport waiting to flyaway for five days on the Iberian trails, what was it like then? A white out. So many frustrated plans... Still, somehow we did get three days in, skidding around in the dirt on the latest Triumph Tigers to lift our mood and raise our appreciation of these fine adventure bikes. So while this issue is – as South Eastern Trains might say – a little delayed, it is nonetheless in many parts glorious. Made with love and in the spirit of sharing. As ever, wishing you happy riding and reading. Jon Bentman (Editor, RUST)

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Trail Riders Fellowship A LEAGUE OF GENTELMEN Back in RUST #5 we looked into the Trail Riders Fellowship, the UK’s almost unique association of trail riders, formed half a century ago to protect land and trail access rights for motorcylists. Back then we looked at the directors’ vision for the future. Now we’re taking a look at what the TRF looks like at grass roots level… Words: Rick Kemp Images: JB, Greg Vilalobos, TRF and others I irst came across the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) when I was in Wales crewing for the Which Bike? Enduro Team sometime in the late seventies (WB? was a popular UK monthly motorcycle magazine in its day and it carried a regular On the Rough section). I forget the exact event, the Isca, the Beacons, anyway one of the two-day nationals and at the bottom of the programme it read “Thanks to the Welsh TRF for all their help”. Who they? I wondered. But the logistical nightmare that is the job of crew chief for an enduro team, working out everyone’s times, fuel stops, time on the road for crew vehicles versus bike time on the course, refreshments etc, etc made me forget to chase down the answer to that particular question at the time. The TRF has come a long way since those days, it’s approaching its halfcentury, the membership is up 20 percent over the last two years to more than 4,500 and in 2017 it added another UK motorcycle association, the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) to its list of affiliates. Hopefully this will give the TRF extra muscle when it comes to fighting for the preservation of our rights of way across this Scepter’d Isle (y’know, the UK). You might say it’s on a roll. Interestingly, from the TRF website, 17,000 visitors have registered an interest in trail riding and it can be extrapolated from that figure that there are probably more than 20,000 active trail riders in the UK. Probably. GRASS ROOTS Now in RUST #5 we investigated the upper echelons of the TRF, the director’s direction (if you like), but here (in this feature) RUST has taken the opportunity to spend some time with the grass roots of the organization to see what the TRF experience is like as an ordinary member. In our case, specifically with the Kent branch, which is incidentally headed by TRF Heritage Director, Steve Neville. We should explain, the TRF has several directors each responsible for their own area of expertise and who, together act as a national council for guiding and shaping the Fellowship’s aims and activities. w 62

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